Food Residuals Make Up 21% of Waste. Instead of Throwing It Way, Compost It Into a Valuable Amendment for Your Soil.

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Food scraps and yard debris comprise 28 percent of the solid waste generated in the United States (U.S. EPA, 2011). Many people are surprised that the largest category of waste being thrown away is food residuals–over 21 percent of the total! Instead of discarding food waste down sink drains or in the garbage, you can easily turn it into a valuable soil amendment for your landscape, garden and lawn.

(Excerpt from the Extension Gardener Manual, Composting Chapter by Rhonda Sherman.)

For more information see https://composting.ces.ncsu.edu/home-composting/

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Lucy Bradley, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Lucy BradleyUrban Horticulture Professor and Extension Specialist Call Dr. Lucy E-mail Dr. Lucy Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
Updated on Nov 10, 2020
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